Senior Announcements

  • Make-up Pictures
    Make-up pictures for seniors and underclassmen are September 23. If you have any questions/concerns see Mrs. Ayers in room 290.

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  • College Exploration Days
    Many colleges/universities offer Exploration Days, Saturday Visits, and College Events to welcome future students.  Some schools waive application fees, offer on the spot admission, and/or award scholarships to those who participate. 

    West Virginia University

    Fairmont State University

    Concord University

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  • Fee Wavier
    Did you know if you receive free or reduced lunch you are eligible for a fee wavier for PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP testing? For more information see your grade level counselor.

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    Need help filling out your 2020 FAFSA?  Come to FAFSA Sunday October 27, 2019 at Concord University.  Please come with your FSA ID, social security number and 2018 tax records.

    For more information please contact the CU Financial Aid Office (304) 384-6069 or  

    Register Here.

    (SSHS FAFSA Completion Rate 64.2%)

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  • Parent FAFSA Workshop
    September 30, 2019 – FAFSA parent workshop at Shady Spring High School @ 6:00, for more information see Mrs. Culicerto in the Guidance Office.

    (SSHS FAFSA Completion Rate 64.2%)

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  • Meet with Concord University Admissions Counselor
    October 7, 2019 - Seniors interested in attending Concord University are encouraged to sign up in the Guidance Office to meet with CU's admissions counselor.  For more please see Mrs. Culicerto in the Guidance Office

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  • Career Connection Fair 2019 @ SSHS
    October 25, 2019 - 12th grade students will have the opportunity to meet with colleges/universities, community agencies, potential employers, and military personal to discuss their post-secondary goals.

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  • Meet with WVU Admissions Counselor
    October 30, 2019 – Seniors interested in attending WVU are encouraged to sign up in the Counseling Office to meet with a WVU admissions counselor.  Sign-ups are currently underway; for more information please see Mrs. Culicerto in the Counseling Office.

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  • Senior Year Timeline

    August - October 

    • Plan to retake the ACT/SAT/ASVAB to see if you are able to score higher. Most colleges and scholarship programs will consider your highest scores, even if it’s not your most recent score.  
    • Talk with Mrs. Culicerto about college options and application fee waivers.
    • Begin working on your college application essays. Some colleges will require you to write an application essay.
    • Create a resume or list of activities. Many colleges and scholarship programs want to know what you have done outside of the classroom, such as participating in sports, school clubs and organization, and volunteer and work experiences. 
    • Attend a college fair. Meet with representatives from a variety of colleges and ask them detailed questions about what their campus has to offer.
    • Visit campuses.  Scheduling campus tours is a great way to help determine whether the college is a good fit for you.   Make sure you meet with an admissions officer while you’re on campus, and you may want to meet with faculty, students, and financial aid representatives as well.
    • Submit your college applications. Apply to at least three to four colleges.  Students who apply early are more likely to qualify for scholarships.
    • Submit your initial transcript. When applying for colleges request an official transcript through Parchment. Your application will not be considered until a transcript has been sent.
    • Make copies.  Be sure to make copies of everything you submit.  Documents can get lost and it’s always wise to have a duplicate.
    • Financial Aid. Begin working on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA opens October 1st.
    • Complete the West Virginia Promise Scholarship Application. The Promise Scholarship application opens October 1st.  In order to be considered for the PROMISE Scholarship, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the Federal Student Aid Processing Center on or before March 1, 2018, and meet the conditions for processing.
    • Start applying for scholarships. 
    • Register with the NCAA ClearingHouse.  If you plan to play sports in college be sure to register with the NCAA Clearing House at
    • Make arrangements to attend the Financial Aid Workshop held October 9thShady Spring High School will host a parent Financial Aid workshop October 9th at 6:00 p.m. held in the gym for all senior parents.  The following points of interest will be discussed: What is Financial Aid, What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Deadlines, and Filing Options.
    • Applying Early­.  If you are applying to a school through early decision or early action, you will need to complete your application in October. Deadlines for these admissions programs are usually the end of October or the beginning of November.